Bedfordshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Bedfordshire offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire and coaches.

Buses
Local bus services are provided Stagecoach Bus there are routes across the county of Bedfordshire available. There are a number of routes covering the local area and beyond, there are services to & from Bedford, Luton, Cranfield, Flitwick and Ampthill and beyond into neighbouring counties.

The Stagecoach X5 services offers services from Bedford to Cambridge, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bicester and Buckingham.

Buses provide a good way for visitors to get around with services close to many tourist attractions and places of interest.

Trains
Trains in Bedfordshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Bedford Station has services between Bedford and London St Pancreas International station with a journey time of 40 minutes. There are also services to Brighton, several stations in central London including Farringdon, London Bridge and London Blackfriars, East Croydon and Gatwick Airport, Brighton and Nottingham.

Train services are provided by First Capital Connect; London Midland and East Midland Trains. Other major railway stations in the county include Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and Leighton Buzzard Stations.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries


Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport in London go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.


Car
There are a number of car hire firms in Bedfordshire that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Bedfordshire is connected to the road network via the M1 motorway linking the county to London, other major roads include the A1, A6, A421 and A428.

Parking in Bedford and across Bedfordshire is provided by both pay and display and car parks. Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the town centres. Major car parks in Bedford town centre are located at River Street and Lurke Street multi storey car parks and at Duck Mill Lane and St Peter’s surface car parks.


Coach
Bedfordshire is accessible by coach with coach services available to both Bedford and Luton from London Victoria coach station, the journey time is approx 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours to Luton and 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours to Bedford. Services to Bedford and Luton are provided by National Express.

Air
London Luton Airport is located in Luton approx 35 miles from London, there airport has a number of local, regional and international flights.

For more information on public transport in Bedford and surrounding area including information on public transport and timetables please see: Bedford Transport from Bedford Borough Council.




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